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Benjamin Burger

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Stratigraphy and Paleontology | Uintah Basin—Vernal campus

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Office Location: 320 North Aggie Blvd. (Vernal)
DialPhone: 435.722.1778
SendEmail: benjamin.burger@usu.edu


Educational Background

PhD, Geological Science, University of Colorado, 2009
Mammalian faunal change across the Paleocene-Eocene boundary in the Piceance Creek Basin, western Colorado. Unpublished PhD dissertation
MS, Anatomical Science, (The systematics and phylogeny of the fossil Hyopsodontidae (Mammalia, "Condylarthra")), State University of New York, 1999
BA, Geological Science, University of Colorado, 1997

Biography

I'm a paleontologist and geologist with over 20 years of research experience in the American West. I've conducted research in Utah, Colorado, Wyoming and Egypt collecting fossil mammals from the early Cenozoic, and reconstructing the ancient environment. I teach at the Vernal Campus of USU.


Teaching Interests

I love teaching introductory geology, paleontology, paleobotany, petrology, stratigraphy, sedimentary geology, field geology, and other Earth science courses.

Research Interests

Mammalian paleontology Climate change Sedimentary/Stratigraphy Biostratigraphy Chronostratigraphy

Awards

Teacher of the Year, 2014

Utah State University

Best Should Teach Award, 2007

Jeff Deen Memorial Fund, 2007

University of Colorado

Shell Petroleum Research Grant, 2007

Shell

Visiting Scientist Fellowship, 2007

Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago

Exxon-Mobil Geological Short Course, 2006

Exxon

Geological Society of America Research Grant, 2006

Geological Society of America

Ogden Tweto Award, 2006

Colorado Scientific Society

Estwing Award, 1997

University of Colorado Geology Department

Publications - Abstracts

Publications - Books & Book Chapters

    Book Chapters

  • Burger, B.J, (2016). Course delivery methods for effective distance science education: A case study of taking an introductory geology class online.: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Distance Teaching: Connecting Classrooms in Theory and Practice. Routledge/ Taylor & Francis Group
  • Burger, B.J, (2015). Carbon Isotope Stratigraphy of the Late Middle Eocene Duchesne River Formation in the Uinta Basin of Northeastern Utah: Geology of Utah's Uinta Basin and Uinta Mountains. Utah Geological Association
  • Burger, B.J, Alexander, J.P, (2001). Stratigraphy and Taphonomy of Grizzly Buttes, Bridger Formation and the Middle Eocene of Wyoming: Eocene Biodiversity: Unusual Occurrences and Rarely Sampled Habitats. Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers

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Publications - Fact Sheets

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    Publications - Curriculum

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      Publications - Journal Articles

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      Publications - Literary Journal

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        Publications - MultiMedia

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          Publications - Technical Reports

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            Publications - Translations & Transcripts

              Publications - Other

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                Scheduled Teaching

                GEO 6350 - Graduate Seminar in Paleontology and Paleoecology (Topic), Fall 2016

                GEO 6400 - Graduate Seminar in Sedimentary Geology (Topic), Fall 2016

                USU 1360 - Integrated Physical Science, Fall 2016

                USU 1360 - Integrated Physical Science, Spring 2016

                GEO 3250 - Natural History of Dinosaurs, Spring 2016

                GEO 6350 - Graduate Seminar in Paleontology and Paleoecology (Topic), Fall 2015

                GEO 6400 - Graduate Seminar in Sedimentary Geology (Topic), Fall 2015

                USU 1360 - Integrated Physical Science, Fall 2015

                GEO 6800 - Graduate Seminar, Spring 2015

                USU 1360 - Integrated Physical Science, Spring 2015

                USU 1360 - Integrated Physical Science, Spring 2015

                GEO 3250 - Natural History of Dinosaurs, Spring 2015

                GEO 6350 - Graduate Seminar in Paleontology and Paleoecology (Topic), Fall 2014

                GEO 6400 - Graduate Seminar in Sedimentary Geology (Topic), Fall 2014

                USU 1360 - Integrated Physical Science, Fall 2014

                GEO 6800 - Graduate Seminar, Spring 2014

                USU 1360 - Integrated Physical Science, Spring 2014

                GEO 3250 - Natural History of Dinosaurs, Spring 2014

                GEO 6350 - Graduate Seminar in Paleontology and Paleoecology (Topic), Fall 2013

                GEO 6400 - Graduate Seminar in Sedimentary Geology (Topic), Fall 2013

                USU 1360 - Integrated Physical Science, Fall 2013

                GEO 6350 - Graduate Seminar in Paleontology and Paleoecology (Topic), Spring 2013

                USU 1360 - Integrated Physical Science, Spring 2013

                GEO 6350 - Graduate Seminar in Paleontology and Paleoecology (Topic), Fall 2012

                GEO 6400 - Graduate Seminar in Sedimentary Geology (Topic), Fall 2012

                USU 1360 - Integrated Physical Science, Fall 2012

                USU 1360 - Integrated Physical Science, Spring 2012

                GEO 3200 - The Earth Through Time, Spring 2012

                GEO 6400 - Graduate Seminar in Sedimentary Geology (Topic), Fall 2011

                USU 1360 - Integrated Physical Science, Fall 2011

                GEO 1110 - DYNAMIC EARTH (PHYSICAL GEOLOGY), Fall 2010


                Graduate Students Mentored

                Casey Dooms, Geology, August 2016
                Chris Ward, Geology, August 2014
                Emily Keller, Geology, August 2014
                Watkins Cody, Geology, August 2014
                Roger Miller, Geology, August 2013 - May 2016
                Larry Tackett, Geology, August 2012 - August 2014